Terrorists shoot, wound Imam, abduct 13 in Katsina mosque

The Katsina state Police Command Sunday announced the rescue of six victims earlier abducted by terrorists Saturday night in Funtua local government area of the state. The rescued persons were among the 19 worshippers kidnapped abducted by the terrorists around 7.40 pm same day in a mosque at Maigamji community in the local government area of the state. The 19 victims Read More

VIDEO: Husband murders wife, drinks poison in Niger

August 10, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

A 45-year-old man, identified as Adeniyi Jose, has reportedly strangled his wife, Chioma Gloria Ibeh, to death over allegation of infidelity. The incident occurred in Suleja, Niger State on Monday. Source close to the scene of the event said Adeniyi consumed a poisonous substance believed to be sniper shortly after the ‘murder’ of his wife. Neighbors however, rushed the Ondo-born Read More

APC guber primaries: Victories, lamentation, intrigues trail exercise

Dance of victories, moment of lamentation and conflict of interests Thursday signposted the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) conducted across the states. From the results released at the end of the contests,  some of the primaries were keenly contested, characterised by intrigues, horse-trading and the usual power tussle that culminated in parallel congresses while in others it was like Read More

Niger reshuffles cabinet, appoints 7 new commissioners

May 20, 2022 Aideloje Ojo 0

Following the swearing-in of seven commissioners, the Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani, Bello has reshuffled his cabinet and redeployed three commissioners to other ministries. A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, on Thursday said Governor Sani Bello also assigned portfolios to the newly inaugurated commissioners who took their oath of office at the Read More

Niger: Sani Bello grieves as many die in boat mishap

March 31, 2022 Aideloje Ojo 0

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has expressed grief over the death of many people, including women and children, who reportedly drowned in Guni-Zumba River in Munya local government area of the state. The villagers were said to have drowned while fleeing terrorists’ attacks in Guni and Kurgbaku communities. In a condolence message on Thursday, the governor described the Read More

Religious leaders must speak against violence – Sultan

Sultan of Sokoto Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and Co-chairman Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) has said  the education of the Nigerian populace, especially the youth, would help in curbing insecurity and other social vices experienced in different parts of the country.  Speaking Monday in Abuja, during the First Quarter 2022 Meeting of NIREC, with the theme ‘Education for peace and nation building’, the Read More

Pictures: How governorship hopeful, Malagi, stormed Minna, gifted Niger APC cars, tricycles, cash

February 24, 2022 Aideloje Ojo, Minna 0

In a triumphant entry into Minna, the Niger state capital, Chairman Blueprint Newspapers and Kaakaki Nupe, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi, announced his intention to contest the exalted governorship position of the state come 2023. In a large convoy that stormed Minna at about 11.30am Tuesday, Malagi arrived from Abuja into the waiting hands of a huge crowd of supporters, including the Read More

2023: Niger PDP endorses Saraki for presidency

November 30, 2021 Blueprint 0

Stakeholders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger state have endorsed former Senate President Bukola Saraki for the presidency in 2023. The party also threw its support behind the clamour for the north central to produce the next president in 2023. The party gave the endorsement Tuesday in Minna following a motion moved by former Speaker of the Niger Read More

Breaking: Tension at FUT Minna as gunmen attack shop, kidnap 2 children

November 11, 2021 Aideloje Ojo, Minna 0

Gunmen on Thursday morning attacked a shop located opposite the Gidan Kwanu main campus gate of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna and abducted two children of the shop owner. Students said they started hearing gunshots at the institution’s gate at about 12am while tension mounted. The Police confirmed the incident on Thursday in Minna explaining that, “On 10/11/2021 Read More

Nigeria needs new constitution, not amendment – Olanipekun

November 3, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

A former president of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Chief Wole Olanipekun, Wednesday said that the ongoing constitutional amendment can not work, maintaining that Nigeria needs constitutional replacement. Olanipekun who delivered the 13th convocation lecture of the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun state, insisted that the present constitution can not solve the security, pandemic and other problems facing the country. Speaking Read More

Obasanjo to deliver lecture at Bowen University’s 16th convocation

November 3, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo will deliver lecture on ‘The Nation and University System’ at the 16th convocation ceremony of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state, Saturday. The University will also honour the Ebola heroine and physicians, late Stella Adadevoh, with a Doctor of Science in Public Health.  The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole, disclosed this during a press Read More

Lack of BoT responsible for worsening crisis in APC – Moniedafe

November 2, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A national chairmanship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sunny Sylvester Moniedafe, has identified lack of Board of Trustee for the party as reason for worsening crisis rocking the party across the country. Moniedafe, however declared that “it is time for the APC to do the right thing” adding that if given opportunity to lead the party he has Read More

Vom college of animal health graduates 162 para-veterinarians

November 2, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

The Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology (FCAH&PT) Vom has graduated and inducted 162 maiden graduands of Veterinary  Laboratory Technology and Animal Health Technology into the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN), as professional para-veterinarians. Provost of the college, Dr Jude Obi Okpara, said with the induction of the graduands, Nigerian value chain of livestock production will receive great boost. “We Read More

Delay in NDDC substantive board, a ticking time bomb

October 30, 2021 Nsoh Offong 0

The delay in the constitution of a substantive Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) can be likened to a time bomb ticking to detonate. This is due to the volatility of the Niger Delta region as occasioned by long time neglect of it’s people by successive federal government administrations. Judging from the avalanche of protests by aggrieved youths Read More

Earned allowances: SSANU, NASU give FG 2 weeks to reverse sharing formula

October 28, 2021 Moses John 0

The two non-teaching staff unions of Nigerian Universities have given federal government a two-week ultimatum to reverse the sharing formula of the just approved N22.127 billion for payment of earned allowances for the university staff. Blueprint can authoritatively report that out of the approved amount, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ( ASUU) is to take a lion share of 75 Read More

CUPP condemns Plateau speaker’s removal, says impunity by APC must be curtailed

October 28, 2021 Lekan Shehinde 0

The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) Thursday reacted to the removal of the Speaker of Plateau state House of Assembly, Ayuba Abot, saying impunity of Governor Simon Lalong must be curtailed before they derail the nation’s democracy. CUPP, which linked the removal to the alleged plot by President Muhammadu Buhari to remain in power beyond 2023, added that it Read More

APC appeal com’tt okay Niger Congress, says no petition, complaint received

October 27, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Chairman of the State Congress Appeal Committee in Niger state, Chief Ray Morphy, has said that his committee did not recieve petition or complaint regarding the recently conducted state congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state. Chief Morphy declared that the appeal committee’s exercise was open, inclusive and democratic. The national secretariat of APC had Read More

Osinbajo’s supporters fault ‘fake’ analysts, commentators over 2023 presidential poll

October 27, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a group loyal to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on the platform of Osinbajo Support Movement (OSM) has faulted some comments and analysis made by some commentators against the ambition of the Vice President. The group raised concern over attempts by various acclaimed social media influencers to act under the guise of analysis, free Read More

Insecurity: Stop tagging terrorism as banditry, Akeredolu warns

October 25, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has warned that the various criminal activities of kidnapping, bombing and assault on the people in some parts of the country which are being referred to as banditry must be appropriately addressed as terrorism. Governor Akeredolu said that infiltration of the country’s borders and burning down of railway are activities that must be Read More

Osinbajo not desperate, didn’t renounce 2023 presidential ambition – Group

October 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s strong focus on his responsibilities, along with a decidedly non-desperate disposition towards the 2023 presidential race has further energised his support base nationwide, the Progressive Consolidation Group (PCG) has said. Dismissing speculations that the Vice President may have attended a meeting and renounced his 2023 bid to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, the PCG emphasised that Read More

APC presidential aspirant Ayom lauds Buhari, Xi Jinping bilateral cooperation

October 24, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and real estate mogul, Moses Ayom has described the relationship between Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and China’s counterpart Xi Jinping as the standard for bilateral cooperation in the world. Ayom, who is aspiring to succeed President Buhari in 2023, said in a goodwill message to both countries marking 50 years of Read More

NAF airstrikes kill scores of terrorists in Lake Chad

October 24, 2021 Benjamin Samson 0

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on Saturday said several terrorists were killed when 3 of its aircraft carried out series of strikes on an Island in the Tumbuns on the Lake Chad and at Malam Fatori in Borno state. NAF spokesperson Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, said the strikes were carried out Read More

Breaking: NRC reopens Abuja-Kaduna train route 48 hours after ‘bandits attack’

October 22, 2021 Editor 0

The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced reopening of Abuja-Kaduna route two days after a moving train was attacked by suspected bandits. The attacks carried out between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning also destroyed some part of the rail tracks. A reopening announcement by NRC on Friday evening read, “The Board and Management of the Nigerian railway corporation (NRC) hereby Read More